There are over 700 islands in the Bahamas, covering a 100,000 square mile area in the Atlantic
Ocean; however, most of the 250 thousand Bahamians live on two islands in three major cities --
in the capital city of Nassau on New Providence Island and in Freeport and Lucaya on the Grand
Bahama Island. The rest of the Bahamians are spread across a dozen or more of the remaining
so-named Family Islands.
Long Island is one of the Family Islands. Unlike Nassau and Freeport with their glittering
Casinos and shopping malls, it is not affected by or inundated with tourists. It has no boutiques,
no fancy resorts, and no crowds. In fact, the thirty settlements and forty-five hundred inhabitants
that lie scattered along its 90-mile length are practically invisible.